iPad2 first impressions

iPad2 first impressions

We've got our first iPad 2 here at ShedWorx so it's time for a quick review.

It's Thinner and Lighter

This is no surprise to anyone, it actually makes a difference. The new iPad is thinner (8.8mm vs 10.4mm for the iPad 1) and a bit lighter (600g vs 680g for the iPad 1). These aren't huge changes, but the new iPad feels lighter and smaller in the hand.

Smart Cover

Get the Smart Cover! It's a big step up from the previous covers, although the back of the iPad is still exposed. To cover the back of your iPad I recommend something like Gelaskins. These are just glorified stickers, but they do the job.


The new iPad is a bit quicker, mainly for things like loading complex web pages. For general stuff like email, using apps, etc you won't notice a difference.


The front facing camera is good enough for FaceTime, but thats all. The rear-facing camera is nowhere near as good as the iPhone4 camera for video or stills. It does work though and its better than nothing.


I have to mention iMovie for the iPad. This is a great little app which you can use to create really good movies and even publish direct to YouTube.

The rear-facing camera isn't much good for shooting video, but there are other options. We'll be exploring iMovie for the iPad in more detail in an upcoming post.


This is nothing new for the iPad 2 but if you are going to try out the iPad you have to try out 3G. My first iPad was wireless only, then I went to a 3G model. Having the Internet always on makes a huge difference to your iPad. You quickly forget about wireless networks and all that stuff, because it doesn't matter any more.

Even if you use your iPad on the road a fair bit, it won't use much data. I've been on a 1GB plan for the past year and never even got close to using my quota. As long as you save your YouTube uploads for when you get to Starbucks you'll be fine.

Bottom Line

The iPad 2 is a major improvement to the original iPad. If you've been sitting on the fence about whether give an iPad a go, it's time to try one out.

After a couple of week of using the iPad every day, my top two improvements for the iPad2 (in order) are:

  • smart cover - this really makes it easier to use
  • thinner, lighter, faster - the combination of minor improvements in these areas make the iPad bit easier to use

If you have an iPad 1 already and are happy with it, stick with it. The iPad 3 will be out before you know it!

Voltaic 3.0 Released

VoltaicHD Version 3.0 out now

VoltaicHD 3.0 has now been released on shedworx.com and via auto-update for current users. This is a free upgrade.

UPDATE: VoltaicHD 3.0 is a free upgrade for Version 2 users only. Version 1 users are entitled to a 50% discount when upgrading to Version 3.

Version 1 users can upgrade here:

If you haven't got it already, please download from here.

This version includes a number of minor bug fixes, some improvements to the AppleScript API and a number of stability improvements.

As per a previous post on the Shedworx blog, we are dropping OSX 10.4 support from our products in this round of updates. We have also retired VoltaicHD version 1 from support.

Where have the Forums gone?

No more Forums for ShedWorx

We introduced the ShedWorx forums about a year ago to see how they would go. We hoped that we would see general questions about how to do stuff with HD video and photos. As it has turned out, most of the posts are individual support requests - e.g. "I can't get something to work".

Answering support questions via the forums is difficult and error prone for us. When you log a support ticket we have a number of people available to respond to the request and we will often move requests between our team to get the best people onto solutions. This is almost impossible when support questions are on the forums.

We are also getting organised with a better social media presence, which we have started with a new ShedWorx Facebook page, our YouTube channel and Twitter. There are still plenty of ways for you to ask general questions and interact with ShedWorx, which we hope will ultimately be better than the Forums.

Goodbye Tiger...

OSX 10.4 Support being dropped from ShedWorx products

With the introduction of OSX 10.7 Lion in June this year, we have decided to drop support for OSX 10.4 Tiger.

10.4 was superceded by OSX 10.5 almost 4 years ago now, so its time for us to let it go. As a software company, supporting old operating system versions is a time-consuming and costly exercise which also stops us from taking advantage of new features in the newer operating systems.

For VoltaicHD and RevolverHD we will continue to support PowerPC processors in 10.5

mkvWatch version 2.0 out now!

mkvWatch - now with Batch Processing and AVI support

Click here to download mkvWatch now!

mkvWatch has received a great response with a large number of people enjoying the simplicity of converting MKV downloads into formats that can actually be watched!

We've been hard at work over the past few months listening to what you want next in an MKV converter and have added Batch Processing, AVI support and a bunch of bug fixes.

We hope you enjoy using mkvWatch Version 2. We've been using it within the Shedworx team for a few weeks now, so its ready to go.

This is a free upgrade for current Version 1 users.

Batch processing

The biggest request by far for mkvWatch has been the addition of batch processing support. We know that you often have a bunch of downloads to convert, so we've added a simple and easy to use batch processing interface. We're sure you'll love it!

AVI Support

The next biggest request was for AVI conversions. The most popular format after MKV video is AVI, and many users have asked for us to include AVI conversion support, so now its in! It kind of breaks our name for mkvWatch, but mkvaviWatch doesn't really work...

Bug fixes

As for any new products, there have been the inevitable bug fixes. Most of these fixes have been for slightly obscure video characteristics that we need to handle. Just like VoltaicHD, we are aiming to make mkvWatch your one stop shop, this time for converting downloaded movies.

Cosmos is released for iPad and iPhone!

Cosmos is live on the App Store!

In a remarkably quick review (3 days!) the Cosmos iPad and iPhone Universal app is now live on the iTunes AppStore. Just search for "Cosmos" and you will find us.

CloudSync Accounts

In order to use the Comos iPad or iPhone app, you will need a CloudSync account.

You can sign up for a free trial CloudSync account here.

Cosmos for Mac

You will need the latest Cosmos for Mac release in order to use CloudSync and the iOS app.


Please email us at cosmos@shedworx.com or post a Forum message if you have any questions or problems. Please remember that this is the first release of the Cosmos iPad and iPhone app so there may be a few bugs still in there. We already have version 1.1 ready for submission to Apple, so we are ready to fix whatever bugs you find and get it released on the AppStore quickly.

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